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Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
Paul Wittgenstein commissioned a series of works for orchestra and left-handed pianist from leading composers of the 20th century.
Paul Wittgenstein was an Austrian-born concert pianist who became famous for his ability to play with just his left hand, after losing his right arm during the First World War. He devised unusual pedal and hand-movement techniques that allowed him to perform in ways previously regarded as impossible for a one-handed artist.
But Wittgenstein’s greatest accomplishment was to commission a series of works for orchestra and left-handed pianist by Richard Strauss, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel and Benjamin Britten.
In this hour, the pianist’s incredible story, and selections from some of the works written for him.
Scriabin Preludes Vol. 1
Korngold Orchestral Works Vol. 2
Stephen De Groote, the Northwest German Philharmonic, Werner Albert cond.
Strauss Orchestral Works
Peter Rosel, Staatskapelle Dresden, Rudolf Kempe cond.
Brilliant Classics 7591/2
Saint-Saens Complete Etudes
Ravel Conducts Ravel
Paul Wittgenstein, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; Bruno Walter cond.
Urania URN 22.341
Sony SK 47188
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